thank god to whoever kept this alive through the ages, what a treat! some good heartland country pedal steel dead here, lovin it, cant go wrong with the lovelight at the end
god i love that pedal steel, slewfoot and silver threads are such great tunes
March 25, 2007 Subject:
"This dance is a ladies' choice..."
The band seems to be feeling the gravitational pull of American roots music on this night while making the transition from Anthem to Beauty. Perhaps as the antidote to recent space trips, it's a real organic show with four Weir country numbers off the top, including the twisted novelty song "Slewfoot." Bob Weir is amongst the most soulful country singers around and there's proof on this recording. The super-early "Mama Tried" is at a slower tempo than usual and it's a real treat. Interesting that they chose to cover a Haggard song in the wake of Merle's hippie-bashing anthem "Okie from Muskogee" (...of course the sole GD performance of "Okie" on 4/27/71 is drenched in irony). The '69 lysergic guitar lines, firecracker drums, mad scientist organ and Pig raps are still here, but important change is taking place and this is a good example of the young band in flux. Just exactly perfect Cosmic American Music.
June 23, 2005 Subject:
doses + this show = work of gods
Highlights) Do it, do it, do it, come on This entire show is astonishing start to finish, prime Pigpen rapping and lengthen out his songs to their full extent , Jerry goes on the steel guitar for Slewfoot and Silver Threads and starts this show off real old school, Peter Grant jams on the banjo for me and my uncle, Bobbys young vocals cut to the core, Phil rocks the bass like its a baby in his arms, and Mickey has yet to leave the band so we still get that double drum magic, overall mind-boggling stuff. Starting off with Slewfoot it is a oldie but goody and Bobby really seems to have fun with it, along with the rest of the band, I could jam to this version just as an instrumental. In my judgment no band could play and sing cowboy blues better then the Grateful Dead and Silver Threads And Golden Needles seals that judgment, Jerrys pedal and Bobbys voice unify so brilliantly it makes me wonder why Jerry didnt carry on with his pedal playing through out their entire career. Mama tried is a slower version then usual but coming off of Silver Threads it really seems to work, in these early years Jerry and Bobbys voices could really mesh on these cowboy songs and could send you into a old western saloon, sitting at a bar waiting for your shot of whiskey, wondering if you properly tied your horse up outside. Then of all things ANOTHER excellent cowboy song Me And My Uncle, John Dawson came on stage and sang backup vocals and Peter Grant busted out the banjo for this version. Jerry and Dawson seemed to softly fight over hitting those high notes on vocals and it turned out to really manufacture a terrific version. Of all songs to go into next Doin' That Rag came out of their amps, one of my personal favorites, EVERY THING WAS RIGHT Jerry stretched out his vocals and winded them around every verse setting you on a journey through his words
You needn't gild the lily, offer jewels to the sunset
No one is watching or standing in your shoes
Wash your lonely feet in the river in the morning
Everything promised is delivered to you
At first your main concentration is on Jerry singing and before you know it your mind goes off its tracks and your lost in the sounds of foreign instruments putting out noise that would probably be familiar on some unknown planet in another universe where small beings dance for a living. From Doin' That Rag the band slowly glides to a sunset on the shores of San Francisco with High Time, another on of my personal favorites. As soon as that B chord is hit my body calms and comes to a halt all my focus is put on the band and music as a whole, no one unit stands out, and then I find my self soothingly rocking back and forth. TRULY beautiful. Then Pigpen gets his time with a noble King Bee, showing how with a face like his he could still get any female his mind fancied when he sang to his full potential. Jump to Turn On Your Love Light and what more can I say then A 27 MINUTE LONG LOVE LIGHT HITS THE SPOT EVERY TIME, nothing gets better then that, oh wait, a 38 minute long love light with Ken Babbs babbling through the entire song would be better but you would have to wait two months to see that at Woodstock. This show does take some getting use to if you have yet to come to appreciate classic cowboys Grateful Dead, but once you begin to feel it, its stuck on you.
June 18, 2005 Subject:
Me and my uncle is very interesting and different that what I have
Doin that rag is excellent maybe my favorite
and king bee is outstanding
April 5, 2005 Subject:
this show takes me back. good old classic Grateful Dead. The Boy's are Dead On on this very special summer of 69 night. This show is a must in any Dead Heads library. Doin That Rag>High Time is seamless, flawless, beautiful and very serene, true to the style the dead was definately acheiving at this time. DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW!!!